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Plenty of chances in even race fields

The start of race three at Thabeban Park.
The start of race three at Thabeban Park. Mike Knott

GRAFTON Greyhounds have a very good meeting set down for tonight with 12 races on the program and punters will certainly get value for money.

Looking at the meeting, there does not look a stand-out bet with plenty of chances in every race on paper. Possibly one dog that punters could back would be in race 9, the Ladbrokes Red Dog 1-2 wins Heat 3, in the shape of the Chris Supple trained Clover Bubba.

Although Clover Bubba's form only reads fair at 6 starts for 1 win, don't forget Chris thought he was good enough to put in the rich July maiden where he blew the start as a short-priced favourite and finished down the track. Suppie has ventured to Albion Park with the striking black dog by Shakey Jakey his last 2 starts on a Thursday night with no success. I am tipping back to the spacious long straights, you will see a different dog tonight.

The danger to Clover Bubba looks to be the Steve Keep trained Need A Miracle. At his last start in the Jacaranda maiden final, Need A Miracle was a respectable 4th in a mix-up race. At his previous start he won his heat in the fastest heat time of 23.30, running a very fast 8.47 to the mark. My tip in the race is Need A Miracle to lead and Clover Bubba to be too strong in the run to the line.

Another match race on the program looks to be race 8, Heat 2 of the Ladbrokes 1-2 series heats. Good To Know won at Casino two runs ago in a very fast 23.49 after a desperately unlucky unplaced run in the Jacaranda Maiden Heats.

Unplaced at Casino last Friday, I'm tipping the Evelyn Harris trained black dog will go straight to the wire tonight. The danger appears to be the Peter Marsh trained Wallace Valley drawn out in the 8 box where he wants to be.

After getting beat at a non Taber 3 runs ago, Wallace Valley's last 2 runs have been good with a good second to the promising Rumble Soldier then a last start winner in a handy 23.33 from tonight's box 8 draw.

Obviously the all-important start will make all the difference with these 2 promising gallopers. Race 6 on the program is certainly a very interesting affair with no less then 5 chances in this race. The Ladbrokes Boost Stakes over 480m certainly is a tough race.

Erin Choice trained by Robby Andrews looks a good hope from the checks as well as honest galloper Hidden Sniper.

Trainer Marlene Ellis must certainly be pulling her hair out with the box draws this honest dog has had in his career so far. If ever he draws his favourite box 1 draw, he would be something to bet on.

Another live chance in the race is the Andrew Monaghan trained Bitten Bye drawn beautifully in the 1 box.

A litter brother to Hidden Sniper, I am sure Monno will have Bitten Bye ready to go for tonight.

Another good bet on the program could be the Roger O'Neill trained Canalai in Race 5 The Grafton District Services Club 4th/5th Grade over 305m. An extremely honest galloper with 8 wins and 8 placings from 29 starts, Canalai would only have to run up to his last win at Grafton to win this race easily.

Running a very fast 3.07 to the first mark and a fast 17.52, Canalai is my best bet on the program.

The danger to Canalai is the enigmatic Kilmister. This dog could certainly give Canalai a run for his money if he comes out and can get wide where likes to scout.

Punters looking to get out in a late race should look no further then the Mick Patterson trained Motown Holly in Race 11 The Grafton Taxi Stakes.

Not looking a strong race, Motown Holly has a great draw in box 2 and she could bounce straight on the bunny and lead all the way for popular Iluka trainer Mick 'Patto' Patterson.

First race on tonight's program is 6.51pm and the last is 10.50pm. See you there!